Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates. She is the former founder, host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive-time program “Uprising." She is also the co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of RAWA. She is the author, with James Ingalls, of "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence" (2006).

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth
The term “fake news” entered into popular usage soon after the 2016 general election, when Donald Trump beat most poll predictions and won just enough Electoral College votes in swing states to tilt the results in his favor. Many shocked Americans looked for explanations for how the unthinkable had...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Disrespects the Constitution
In explaining how he would ensure that Muslim immigrants do not pose a threat to Americans, Donald Trump has said repeatedly that his administration would subject people seeking to enter the country to “extreme vetting.” Upon examining the language of the order, it is unclear if the president...
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Disappointed but Not Defeated: Battle Over Oil Pipelines Continues
Despite the immense failures of the Democratic Party to live up to its stated progressive ideals, there are differences between the two major parties. Nowhere is that difference more obvious in recent days than in the decision by Donald Trump to reinstate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access (DAPL)...
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Resistance in action: Demonstrators protest outside the Trump International Hotel during a march in downtown Washington this week. (Jose Luis Magana / AP) Views
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Greater Expectations: Anti-Trump Forces Should Aspire to Much More
In response to the collective feelings of dread at the dawn of Donald Trump’s presidency, a new and determined mass movement seems to have formed. The most tangible expression of that movement is the impending Women’s March on Washington, D.C. , which is expected to draw more than 200,000 to the...
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Friday, December 09, 2016
Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him
Donald Trump has a thin skin. That personality trait is consistent with his large ego, desire to flaunt his wealth, portray himself as a playboy and aggressively fight every imagined slight. The fact that the president-elect takes time away from the huge job of assembling a transition team and...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution
Among the many conflicting and shocked thoughts that went through my head on election night, as I watched the victory of Donald Trump materialize in defiance of predictions, was that once upon a time, only half a year ago, we came so close to having a true progressive nominee with a very real...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast
The first thing that occurred to me when predictions of a Trump Presidency were apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year old?” My son went to bed last night asking me who was going to win. I told him I wasn’t sure but that it would probably be Hillary Clinton and that I would tell...
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Friday, November 04, 2016
Battle Over Dakota Access Pipeline Should Be the Most Important of the Year
More than a million people around the U.S. have “ checked in ” via Facebook to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D. While this began as an attempt to confuse Morton County Sheriff’s Department officials thought to be digitally surveilling activists, the check-ins morphed into a...
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Friday, October 28, 2016
Election’s Rape and Sexual Assault Accusations Need to Be Taken Seriously
Less than a day after the third and final 2016 presidential debate, GOP nominee Donald Trump faced new accusations from a woman who recounted a story of her sexual assault at his hands. Karena Virginia told members of the press how Trump groped her in public at the U.S. Open in 1998 while asking, “...
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Final Presidential Debate Showed That the 2016 Election Is a Low Point for American Democracy
“If we could run our country the way I’ve run my company, we would have a country that you will be so proud of,” said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday night during the third and final debate before the Nov. 8 election. “ You would even be proud of it,” he added to his Democratic...
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